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,000 served in that combat team during the brutal combat in italy. 9,500 received purple hearts. twenty-one medal of honor is including senator inouye, met lamar. and it was a remarkable time, remarkable commitment that he demonstrated to the country that he loved. we will talk about his record and i made to that later myself but i just want to say what i think about daniel inouye at his core, he shared with a save few weeks ago at the prayer breakfast, we don't quote what people say at that meeting, but he talked about his feelings about war, his participation in it. one of the most moving presentations i think any of us had seen. it was so well received by the people there. the truth is senator scott keeter -- senator inouye did not like war. he hated war. he knew the destructive power of war and how people suffered as a result of it. he voted against a number of resolutions that would have committed the united states to military action. but at the same time, there was no doubt, based on his ranking and chairmanship of the subcommittee and defense and appropriations over period of yea
to the private sector which is, i think, something we should look at. and, actually, italy has moved forward in the an expedited fashion open to private contractor ferrari which is now providing -- it's not planned -- they're now providing competing service to the public sector in italy. so we can look at some things that may be successful in other countries and try to pick the very best options. but have you on the record today supporting both the financing of the construction -- >> totally. >> i'm pleased to hear that. let me yield now if i may to ms. richardson. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i can only take my colleague, mr. denham, at his word. when we went to the central valley and he echoed the same today that one of the road blocks that's been for him has been the lack of kind of knowing the details as a colleague. and so the conversation you just went through with from lahood, how soon could we expect to get an update on who those private company -- who these private companies are that are able to invest, how much are they willing to invest, and how soon is this going to come together?
their verdict? and the answer is this. the latest 10 year bond rate for italy is 4.5%, france 2%, just over in fact, and the british bonds are only 1.8%. it's the markets the count and not the party that caused the problem in the first place. [shouting] >> my honorable friend reminds us that we do get a daily verdict on the credibility of our economic policy from bond investors and we're borrowing money more deeply than anyone has done my job before us. there's a real benefit for taxpayers and members of the public in that. we have saved 33 billion pounds in debt interest that we are forecast to have to pay in 2010, and as i said in my statement that is more than the entire defense budget. >> dennis skinner. >> [inaudible] just like on previous occasions like in 2010, when he made his first statement, when it was stripped bare it was a totally different story. then in 2010 he promised -- [inaudible], and here we are two and a half years later, call the national health service. [inaudible] never changes. now, instead of being -- [inaudible] now as chancellor of the exchequer he wrecks the ec
mind is so fully and exquiz italy -- exquisitely realize except through a piece of literary fiction? desire, loneliness, the hobbled search for justice and for just one thing that is lucky or fair, these are some of the timeless themes literature has explored from the beginning, and this year is no exception. the finalists are junot diaz, this is how you lose her. [cheers and applause] finish -- published by riverhead books, an imprint of pepping win group -- penguin group with, usa. dave egger, a hologram for the king -- [applause] published by mcsweeny's books. louise erdrich, the round house, published by harper, an imprint of harpercollins. [applause] ben fountain, billy lynn's long -- [inaudible] [applause] published by echo press, an imprint of harpercollins. kevin powers, the yellow bird. published by little brown. [applause] the 2012 national book award for fiction dose -- goes to "the round house", by louise erdrich. [applause] ♪ ♪ hey, baby, where are you is? [laughter] [applause] [laughter] >> wow. hello, my relatives. [speaking in native tongue] national book foundat
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